Excuses, Excuses

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Proverbs 20: 4

I may be crazy in this, but I am one of the few people who actually seems to enjoy the cold weather.  Personall, I would much rather work out in the cold than in the heat.  But whether the sluggard prefers cold or heat is not the point of this proverb.  The sluggard is a lazy man- the cold is just an excuse to rationalize his laziness.  If it wasn’t too cold to plow, it would be too hot.  Or, in the case of a perfectly beautiful day, it would be far too nice to work in the field.  The sluggard doesn’t want to work, so he actively seeks an excuse.  How easy is it for us to find an excuse to not do the things that we know we ought be doing?

I heard a quote a long time ago that has stuck with me through the years- “if you have a good excuse, don’t use it!”.  Put your hand to the plow and don’t look back.  Plow through the cold and the heat and let us labor for the Master!

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